Tiger Conservation Project (3 nights)

KOC 403-201
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Morning and evening game drives in Ranthambore National Park (potential tiger sightings!)
  • Meet with Goverdhan Rathore to learn about tiger conservation and local sustainable livlihood development
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 10/26/2017 0500
Return: 10/29/2017 2015
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 10 / Max 30
Category: ILLUMINATE: Nature / Conservation, Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-Led Program

Program Fee
$1457 (early booking: $1386)

Field Class Conflicts
  • PHIL 171: Religions of the West
  • LB 171: World Literatures – The Modern Period
  • ANTH 100: Introductory Cultural Anthropology (Section 1)
  • IE 471: Children and Youth in Global Context

Registration for overnight programs in India has closed. We are no longer accepting registration for this program.

This Faculty-Led Field Program will be led by Dr. Paul F. Doherty, Jr., Professor and wildlife biologist in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.

Travel to the north to experience the two T’s, Taj Mahal and Tigers! Learn about both on this 4-day program!

After a decent amount of travel on the first day, watch the sun set over the magnificent Taj Mahal! The finest architectural achievement of the Moghuls, and maybe of mankind, the Taj was built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal.

After an early breakfast the following morning, board a train to Bharatpur to explore the Ranthambore National Park, a vast wildlife reserve town. Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km² (244m). The park is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards, and marsh crocodiles. In the afternoon, embark upon a game drive through the Park. If participants are lucky, they may be able to spot and observe a tigress with her cubs. Excellent photography opportunities can be had at Malik Talao, where the lake’s surface is carpeted by red algae and birds of all kinds flock to grace the calm waters.

The next morning, meet with the son of India’s famous Tiger Man, Fateh Singh Rathore. Fateh is credited with transforming Ranthambhore into one of the world’s best known Tiger Reserves. He spent nearly 5 decades fighting for Tiger conservation. His son, Goverdhan, graduated as a medical Doctor in 1988. He then returned to Ranthambhore to work with local people living around the Park in an effort to engage the community in projects that would decrease their dependence on the park’s natural resources, therefore preserving the park and the tigers’ natural habitat. Spend some time here with Goverdhanwho was a member of Project Tiger of the National Tiger Conservation Authority of India. Goverdhan has been involved with two organizations, the Prakratik, Ranthambhore Foundation and Tiger Watch, which works in a variety of areas including: health care, education, afforestation, dairy development, employment generation, tiger monitoring, and the development and preservation of sustainable livelihoods.

After learning about these two organizations in the morning, hike to Ranthambore Fort in the afternoon for a beautful panoramic view of the park before proceeding on a second game drive through the beautiful preserved wilderness and a second opportunity to potentially spot those elusive tigers!

The following morning, travel to the Jaipur Airport to board the return flight to Kochi.


Day 1

  • Fly to Delhi (~3.5hrs)
  • Travel to Agra (~3.5hrs)
  • Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 2

  • Early breakfast
  • Travel to Bharatpur
  • Train to Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore (~3hrs)
  • Game safari
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 3

  • Early breakfast
  • Goverdhan Rathore and two NGOs
  • Lunch
  • Hike the Ranthambore Fort
  • Game safari
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to Jaipur (~3hrs)
  • Fly to Kochi (~3.5hrs)

*Please note: dates, times, and activities are tentative and subject to change.

Meals Included

Day 1: lunch, dinner
Day 2: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Special Note

  • As tigers are wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed.

    **The Taj Mahal has been undergoing restoration and will likely have scaffolding surrounding parts of the famous monument during the program. Though it won’t affect the itinerary, it may affect participants’ photos.**

    • Southern Facade, Southeast Minaret & Southwest minaret – expected completion AUG 2017
    • Northern Facade – expected completion OCT 2017
    • Western Facade – expected completion DEC 2017
    • Wall of Periphery, Sheesh Mahal – expected completion JAN 2018
    • Four Chhatris on the roof of the main mausoleum – expected completion APR 2018
    • Pinnacle and dome – expected completion NOV 2018